VOLUME 5 NUMBER 4
We are experiencing the disturbance characteristic of a
transitional time. The "revolution" we have been going through has
destroyed many outworn and crippling assumptions about woman, but
it has also brought terrible suffering and confusion. We are unable
to live in the old roles, but the new way is still unknown. During
the social upheaval of this century, we have not been able to
distinguish between what belongs to the essential nature of woman
and what has been grafted on it artificially; and the results of
this ambivalence have been as unbalancing for men as they have for
women. We are born male or female, but both manhood and womanhood
need to be achieved; and in ways we do not fully understand, the
possibilities of one are inextricably bound to the other. Their
relationship is so intricate that any displacement must affect
both. There can be no single answer valid for all of us--it is
unlikely that there ever was. This issue of
Parabola does not attempt to provide one. We do
hope that at least some of what follows may furnish material to
provoke, stimulate, and delight that within us which is our own.
--from the editorial Focus
FOUR WOMEN P. L. Travers
Indelible impressions distilled from a lifetime as a "dowser of
THE PERENNIAL FEMININE Helen M. Luke
An affirmation of woman's fundamental tasks and
LISTENING TO THE EARTH Seonaid Robertson
Discovering an enduring relationship.
SHAKTI: THE ESSENCE OF THE WORLD Heinrich
A discourse on the concept of energy and creation in Hindu
A VERY WARM MOUNTAIN Ursula K. Le Guin
Watching "The Lady" blow her top.
A WOMAN'S WAYS: An Interview with Judy
Maintaining traditional values in the context of contemporary
THE WIFE OF JONAH Barbara Rohde
The other side of the story.
MARTHA AND MARY: SECOND DISCOURSE Meister
An incidental moment revealing a teaching on service,
surrender, and the development of being.
JOSEPH CAMPBELL ON THE GREAT GODDESS
One of her most attentive admirers brings to life her origins,
history, and promise.
INANNA: QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH Diane
Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer
Hymns to the Sumerian goddess.
ReviewsTHE VIRGIN, THE MOTHER, AND THE SHADOW
IN AMERICAN ART Bill Jacobson
Myth and archetype in Louise Nevelson.
ANOTHER LOOK Frederick Franck
Questioning the Master: the Picasso show.
EPICYCLES: Traditional Stories from
around the WorldCAITLIN OF KILCUMMIN
Retold by Carolyn White
THE ETERNAL DANCE OF THE UNIVERSE Hindu
Retold by Diane Wolkstein
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